Congratulations to MISSY WIMPELBERG of Franklin, TN! Her PUMPKIN CRISP was tops in the Just A Pinch Family Holiday Traditions Contest. The combination of flavor, presentation and family story totally won over our panel of judges!
"This is one of those desserts that every one always asks for," explains Missy. "We have a large family, our holiday meals consist of about 30-40. It is such a wonderful time to sit around the table and eat all the wonderful food that was prepared and just spend time being a family. After losing several family members over the last few years, I treasure each one of these meals. It is hard to pick one recipe, but the best memories are all the kids and grandkids working in the kitchen with my Aunt and Grandmother. We made pound after pound of fudge 5 different flavors, dozen after dozen of cookies about 8-10 different ones, and sitting with Grandma making Haystacks. While [this] recipe is simple, Grandma had making them down to a art, and she was not afraid to tell you when yours was not correct. I miss her dearly."
Missy's Grand Prize includes:
Travel for two to Nashville, TN
Two nights hotel accommodations
Two tickets to a Grand Ole Opry performance (subject to scheduling and availability)
A $1,000 cook's dream shopping spree at the Viking Culinary Arts Center in historic downtown Franklin, TN
... and the opportunity to prepare the winning recipe with Janet at a Blue Ribbon Showcase Event!
Meet Missy and Hear About Her Blue Ribbon Experience!
Thanks to all of you who entered your family recipes! We received a heaping helping of delicious entries and touching stories. We had the daunting task of narrowing all of the wonderful entries down to just three contenders for the final judging. Rounding out our finalists were these touching, tasty entries:
"This is my all time favorite pie! It has that sweet and salty taste to it. I always make 2 so that way I can bring left overs home if there is any left. Last year for Thanksgiving I brought the pies over to my friends house and accidentally left half a pie there. I called her the next day to see if I could come by and pick it up and she said that I was too late, her sister loved the pie so much that she brought the pie home with her!"
"It was a crisp Fall afternoon and I had just gotten home from another rough day of first grade. I sat down in my bedroom, unzipped my backpack, and pulled out my homework. Just as I was about to open up my math book, the smell of fresh baked goods vented into my room and drew me to the kitchen. Unnoticed, I watched my Grandma from the hallway. She rolled cookie dough with her hands, filled up a cookie sheet with perfectly round circles, and paced around the oven listening to the oven timer click away. When the bell went off and she went to retrieve her batch, I slowly crept into the kitchen on my tiptoes. Very quietly, I slid under the table with the bowl of remaining cookie dough in my hands. Just as I was about to feast on dough, I looked up and could see my Grandma’s feet in front of me. She was standing over me. Just as I tried to creep away in the other direction, she reached down, grabbed the bowl from my hands, pulled me up, and told me that if I wanted a cookie, I had to bake one! Living with my Grandma motivated me at an early age to cook, bake and eat everything on my plate. Baking easily became a bond that we shared. Besides having fun in the kitchen, my Grandma was a great teacher and if anything, she always had a recipe that would cure my killer sweet tooth! Making holiday cookies became a favorite tradition of ours. Afterall, it was the only way she could stop me from eating half the dough! Everyone in my family had their favorite. From sugar to ginger to good old-fashioned chocolate chip, every cookie was promised and delivered on time for the holiday season. No one had to worry that their favorite wouldn't be waiting for them on the famous cookie platter. Unfortunately, for the longest time I had a problem finding my favorite. I liked them all but I never loved or craved a single one. Until one day when my Grandma started having me mix my favorite flavors: chocolate and orange. We came up with a unique cookie that I can now call my favorite every holiday season. I thank my Grandma for her patience with me in the kitchen. Without her, I'd still be eating dough! And…everyone else’s’ favorite cookie."
Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed in this contest if you are not at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of entry. Internet access and photo uploading capability required to enter. Participation in this contest is a benefit of membership to Just A Pinch Recipe Club and is open only to members in good standing. Entrants must be a current member of the Just A Pinch Recipe Club at the close of the entry period in order to be considered for the prize. The "FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS" Contest begins October 1, 2010, and ends December 15, 2010. Entries must be received by 5:00p.m., C.T., on December 15, 2010 and entrants must be current members of the Just A Pinch Recipe Club.
ENTRY: Visit the Contest section of Janet's Kitchen on http://www.justapinch.com to complete the registration. Then follow the links and instructions to enter one or more of your best original recipes and corresponding photo(s) of the prepared dish (recipe and photo collectively referred to herein as "Entry Materials"). Multiple entries will be accepted but each entry must be for a separate and unique recipe. Recipes and photos of recipes must be created by entrant, non-professional, unpublished, and may not have won any prize or award.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be current members of the Just A Pinch Recipe Club (in good standing) at the close of the entry period in order to be considered for the prize. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Employees of Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC d/b/a Just A Pinch Recipe Club, 110 Third Avenue North, Franklin, TN, 37064, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address are not eligible.
WINNER SELECTION: Members may submit recipes for contest consideration from October 1, 2010 through 5:00 p.m., C.T., on December 15, 2010. Just A Pinch Recipe Club's very own Janet and the Kitchen Crew will review each entered recipe and choose one (1) Grand Prize winner based on originality, ease of preparation, presentation and just plain yummy deliciousness! Winning submitter will be required to provide an acceptable image of themselves for use in contest-related promotions. Decisions of judges is final and binding in all respects.
PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize will be available to be awarded in the Contest, consisting of a Nashville vacation for two (2). Prize will include airfare, three (3) days and two (2) nights accommodations, two (2) tickets to a Grand Ole Opry performance (subject to scheduling and availability), a shopping spree at the Viking Kitchen Store in historic downtown Franklin, TN and the opportunity to prepare the winning recipe with Janet! Approximate Retail Value of Grand Prize: $1,820.